Uffe Bech

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Uffe Bech
Personal information
Full name Uffe Manich Bech
Date of birth (1993-01-13) 13 January 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Forward, Winger
Club information
Current team
Panathinaikos
Number 17
Youth career
Hellerup IK
2006–2010 Lyngby BK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Lyngby BK 41 (7)
2013–2015 FC Nordsjælland 43 (14)
2015–2019 Hannover 96 II 10 (5)
2015–2019 Hannover 96 18 (2)
2018Greuther Fürth (loan) 2 (0)
2018Brøndby IF (loan) 8 (2)
2019– Panathinaikos 3 (0)
National team
2008–2009 Denmark U16 7 (3)
2009–2010 Denmark U17 10 (6)
2010 Denmark U18 4 (1)
2010–2012 Denmark U19 12 (3)
2012 Denmark U20 3 (1)
2012– Denmark U21 9 (2)
2014– Denmark 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 July 2015

Uffe Manich Bech (Danish pronunciation: [ˈufə ˈmænek ˈpɛk]; born 13 January 1993) is a Danish footballer who plays for Greek Super League side Panathinaikos.

Youth career[edit]

His career started in Hellerup IK, where he at the age of 13 switched to Lyngby Boldklub. Throughout his young career he got plenty of playing time in the various Danish youth national team, where he on several occasions has been the top scorer. Already at the age of 15, Bech signed a three-year contract with Lyngby.[1] He was a big talent and went on trials at among others Blackburn Rovers[2] and SC Heerenveen in 2009.[3] Bech signed a new three-year contract with Lyngby in August 2010.[4]

Career[edit]

Lyngby BK[edit]

He got his official debut in the Danish Superliga on 1 August 2010 in a game against Silkeborg IF, where Bach played the last 5 minutes, coming on from the bench.[5]

On 13 February 2011, it was published by Lyngby Boldklub that they would send him to Hamburger SV, where he would be allowed to train with the club until the following Friday. Lyngby's first-team coach Niels Frederiksen struck, however, that Uffe just went to Germany to try a big club.[6] Bech got slowly more and more space in the squad. Especially after a game against FC Midtjylland in April 2011, where Bech replaced David Boysen with 20 minutes of the game left, and a few minutes later scored to the final result 1-0.[7] Bech won the "U19 talent of the year in Denmark" in 2011, given by DBU.

Bech was officially promoted to the first team squad in the summer 2012.[8] Already six months later, he extended his contract until 2014.[9] The talented offensive player impressed everybody in his last season. After a fantastic half season in the 2012/13 season, with 17 league games and 5 goals, Bech got spotted by many clubs. Bech played in Lyngby BK until January 2013 when he was picked for the Superliga club FC Nordsjælland.

FC Nordsjælland[edit]

On 22 January 2013, he transferred to FC Nordsjælland on a three and a half years contract.[10] After his arrival, he played 5 games in the first half season, before getting injured indefinitely.[11] The injuries continued for the young player and he was operated in his meniscus in August 2013.[12] However, he managed to get back in training only a month later and made his comeback in October. But a week after his comeback, he got injured again. It was once again in his knee.[13] Bech had a bad start at his new club, as he played 11 games and scores two goals in the 2013/14 season.

But despite all these injuries, German club Mainz 05 was ready to sign Bech in the summer 2014,[14] however, their bid was to low for FCN and they rejected the club. Bech did very well in the 2013/14 season. He played 27 league matches and scored 10 goals. According to Danish medias, FC Midtjylland tried to sign Bech in February 2015. At the end of the season, Bech again bowed with knee problems. Bech revealed, that it was time for a change and he wanted to take a step up with some new challenges.

Hannover 96[edit]

On 8 July 2015, he signed a four-year contract with the German Bundesliga club Hannover 96. On 28 November 2015, he scored his first Bundesliga goal in his side's 4-0 home win against newly promoted side FC Ingolstadt 04.

Bech's first season in Hannover was marked by injuries and in April 2016 he torn a tendon in his knee, ruling him out for "a longer period of time".[15] He ended up being out until December 2016. The 2016–17 season was a season riddled with injuries for Bech, and he did see not much playing time. He only played 7 games in this season.

On 31 January 2018, Bech moved to second tier SpVgg Greuther Fürth on loan until the end of the 2017–18 season.[16]

On 31 August, Bech joined Danish Superliga team Brøndby IF on a loan until 31 December 2018 with the option of a permanent transfer at the end of the first season half.[17][18] After suffering an injury in the first minutes of a league match against F.C. Copenhagen and subsequently not playing for more than a month, Brøndby decided not to trigger the purchase option, and Bech returned to Hannover 96.[19]

Panathinaikos[edit]

On 13 August 2019, he signed a three-year contract with the Greek Greek Super League club Panathinaikos.[20]

International career[edit]

He has played for both the U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-21 Danish national team, where he during his time was top scorer for the first three.[21] In 2011, he got the U-19 Danish national team talent prize.[22]

Uffe Bech had his debut for the Danish national team on 11 October 2014 in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualification game against Albania.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 15-årig tekniker på kontrakt i Lyngby, bold.dk, 27 November 2008
  2. ^ Danske talenter testes i Blackburn‚ bold.dk, 16 March 2009
  3. ^ Lyngby-talenter testes i Heerenveen‚ bold.dk, 16 December 2009
  4. ^ Lyngby forlænger med angrebstalent, bold.dk, 31 August 2010
  5. ^ SILKEBORG VS. LYNGBY 2 - 2‚ socccerway.com, 1 August 2010
  6. ^ "HSV-scout: Uffe Bech kan blive aktuel". bold.dk.
  7. ^ 18-årig indhopper gav Lyngby sejren‚ bold.dk, 14 April 2011
  8. ^ Lyngby siger farvel til seks‚ bold.dk, 24 May 2012
  9. ^ Offensivtalent forlænger i Lyngby, bold.dk, 17 December 2012
  10. ^ "Uffe Bech til FC Nordsjælland". fcn.dk.
  11. ^ Joshua John færdig for sæsonen‚ bold.dk, 1 May 2013
  12. ^ Uffe Bech: Frustrerende med operation‚ bold.dk, 13 August 2013
  13. ^ Uffe Bech foran ny lang pause‚ bold.dk, 14 October 2013
  14. ^ Avis: Mainz vil have Uffe Bech, bold.dk, 12 August 2014
  15. ^ Uffe Bech foran længere pause‚ bold.dk, 14 April 2016
  16. ^ "Bech und Hinds wechseln nach Fürth" [Bech and Hinds move to Fürth] (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Hannover 96 verpflichtet Uffe Bech". hannover96.de. Archived from the original on 2015-07-09.
  18. ^ "Brøndby IF lejer Uffe Bech i Hannover 96" [Brøndby IF loans Uffe Bech in Hannover 96] (in Danish). brondby.com. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Uffe Bech vender tilbage til Hannover" [Uffe Bech returns to Hannover] (in Danish). brondby.com. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Ο Παναθηναϊκός πήρε τον Μπεκ" (in Greek). www.sport24.gr. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  21. ^ "Uffe Bech". dbu.dk.
  22. ^ "DBU talent priser". dbu.dk.
  23. ^ "Danmark - Albanien 1 - 1". dbu.dk.

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